“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” vs. 1
The Roman Catholic Church has lasted longer than any empire or country in the western world. For 2000 years it has been a source of strength and stability in a context of changes and challenges. Its leaders have at various times been vain and faithless, at others, strong, humble and bold. But through years of shame and embarrassment, glory and pride, the church itself has survived and even grown in numbers and influence. Some say it has persisted because it was built on a rock and they point to the apostle, Peter, as the source of that stability. Others would say that the strength was not that of Peter, a fickle disciple at best, but that Jesus himself was the Rock…and those folks are right. Oh how good it is to know that our salvation has a solid foundation, one that can never be taken away. We live among such transience in this fast-moving world…even our smart phones turn dumb and have to be replaced. We yearn for that which changes not, for unifying truths and eternal values that are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. That stability comes only from God, that unchanging presence undergirding our existence from birth to death. And it is to that Lord that the psalmist invites us to sing songs of praise…even during the season of Lent!
Thought for the Day: What doesn’t change in my life?